I always get a comment that goes something like this:
“I would love to eat healthy, but it’s just too expensive”
My response is always: “No, it’s too expensive not to”
We are currently a family of 6. We haven’t paid a co-pay for a doctors visit in almost 5 years. I have no idea how much money we could have/would have spent in co-pays if all 4 of our children went to their monthly “well-baby” visits. Or if we went to the doctor in search of a diagnosis at every sign of sickness. But we don’t. I know, odd right? Our children get sick. All children do. We experience fevers, coughs, runny noses, diarrhea, vomiting, etc… but we treat these illnesses from home.
We have some pretty strong beliefs in our home:
*We are fearfully and wonderfully made. We don’t fear sickness or illness. We know our bodies were created to successfully fight illness. Our society has done an excellent job instilling fear in us. So much so that we rush our children to the doctor at the first sign of a cough or a fever. We take our “fear” to a doctor who gives us a “diagnosis” and a “treatment plan” and suddenly we feel better. And no-one gives a second thought as to why that visit never discussed proper nutrition or involved anything that remotely involved health or healing. Instead, we are handed scripts and prescriptions. Shots and pills. And suddenly repeat ear infections and multiple rounds of antibiotics become a “normal” part of childhood. Says who?
One of my favorite articles. Ever. Regarding pediatrics. Written by the Thinking Moms Revolution and it’s titled: “They Say”. Who is “They” anyways? I’d love to know…
Sickness and Illness and Infections are nothing more than symptoms of a failing immune system. The answer is to build and strengthen the immune system. Not weaken it. Or mask it. Our current healthcare system is nothing more than sickcare. We manage sickness though a vicious cycle of revolving doors and masking symptoms.
*Side Note #1: I’m scared for the day when a serious and life threatening infection comes around, and all we are left with is an antibiotic resistant generation who were raised on antibiotics and don’t have the ability to fight a real infection.
*Side Note #2: Antibiotics for an ear infection are an unnecessary train-wreck. And fever reducers do not heal. They only mask symptoms. We have been taught that “healing” our children means we load them up with prescriptions and medications.
I’m saddened by parents talking about ear infections like they are normal. 4 children in this home and not a single ear infection ever. Or a single round of antibiotics. Ever.
*End of side notes.
Building an immune system is such a necessary and important part of childhood. There are way too many things that weaken the immune system. Two biggies: toxic food & unsafe and untested vaccines mandated for a childhood schedule that includes 49 vaccines before Kindergarten. Who are we kidding?
If you have not already, please read: Is This The Best We Can Offer?
With an infant mortality rate of #46 (that means babies in 46 other countries have a better chance of survival than in the U.S), childhood cancer on the rise at a 900% increase, and statistics such as 1 in 3 children are overweight and 1 in 6 children with a learning disability, asthma, ADHD, or food allergies, AND new autoimmune disorders & diseases coming out the woodworks…
WHY ARE WE SURPRISED?
Look at what we are putting into their bodies…
Back to the beliefs in our home:
*Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine and Thy Medicine Be Thy Food. I am so extremely thankful for a husband who took the wisdom he found early in our marriage and ran with it. And by ran with it, I mean he took what he learned and applied it. I honestly feel as though we live with an in-house pediatrician. Rit has learned to treat and heal our children from everything from fevers, colds, & flus to head injuries, burns, rashes, & tummy aches.
I took this picture of Rit the day after Christmas.
Surrounded by our kiddos and some of his new gifts: his new shipment of herbs (everything from elder flowers, licorice root, lemon balm, fennel seed, rose hips, catnip, nettles, lavender, marshmallow leaf, goldenseal leaf…you name it. Rit has it), our medicine cabinet (sitting on his lap), with a display of nothing you would ever see in a typical medicine cabinet, but filled with everything beneficial for fevers, coughs, headaches, tummy aches, teething, ear aches, tension, sleeplessness, urinary tract health, antimicrobials, antivirals, antifungals, antibacterials, antibiotics, pain relievers, sore throats, colds, & the flu. On the other side of him is his new juicer/blender. How thankful I have been for Rit’s creative juicing abilities.
Most recently when I returned from Uganda and Rit put me on a strict juicing regimn to help with the 7 weeks of chronic diarrhea I brought back with me. While other members on my team were hospitalized, I juiced and took a regimen of natural antibiotics (silver sol and liquid extracts of licorice, black walnut and wormwood) Juicing was key. If you don’t know the benefits of juicing, I highly recommend the documentary “Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead”. It follows the one year journey of an extremely overweight and sick man who lived on a cocktail of meds and one year of juicing brought him to a place of health and wholeness and off of all pharmaceuticals, all by juicing. Extremely powerful!
Most importantly what Rit is surrounded by in the picture above is our children. And really, they are the reason we do what we do. They are the reason we eat the way we eat. They are the reason we study and research like crazy. They are the reason we are sometimes considered “weird” or “extreme”. I used to love Taco Bell and coca cola on a nice hot day. Gone are the days of being uneducated.
Ignorance was bliss.
The health of our children is important to us. Really no different than why most parents take their children to regularly scheduled pediatrician visits. Parents go to a pediatrician because they want their children to be healthy. Same for us. We just do things that look a lot different. We choose health from home. And it starts and ends with food. Nutrition.
When the Tot was recently sick, Rit came home with a stalk of beets. “Beet Treats”. Who says beets cut into circles the shape of a cookie, steamed, coated in coconut oil, and sprinkled with cinnamon can’t be considered a “treat” that is really medicine?
The medicinal benefits of beets are endless. Not to mention the healing & health benefits of coconut oil and cinnamon. We are pretty sure she probably had “RSV”. Coughing, Weezing, Fever, Lethargic, Runny Nose, etc… The other kids in her class were diagnosed with it. Instead of a doctors visit and a diagnosis, we choose an RSV specific regimen of Young Living essential oils (around the clock for 2 days) and only life giving foods. Within 2 days, the Tot was better. Thank-you beet treats and essential oils :)
To learn more about Young Living Essential Oils, please visit my sister Hailey’s website for information and to order: JoyWithinBirth.com I am absolutely blown away by these products! They are phenomenal!
*Eating healthy is fun. And super duper yummy. This past weekend, my new (almost) sister-in-law spent the day here. We made roasted organic potatoes that came out of the oven tasting like the world’s best french fries. We also made baked kale chips. Hello potato chip. Why didn’t anyone tell me about these sooner? And then we made an amazing spicy Kale salad: Olive oil, chili powder, nutritional yeast, tamari, & sea salt. Hello best salad ever. The funny thing is, we were so full after our cooking episode and we laughed because our bellies were full from only two things: potatos and kale. Which by the way, we just read the 7 reasons “Why Kale is the New Beef”. So I guess you could say we ate beef and potatoes all day :)
Healthy Food is Pretty Too :) This is a big pan of veggies about to get baked!
*What matters is evident: Rit & I joked last summer that we spent our summer vacation at Whole Foods. What we mean by that is… we did not go on a family vacation this past summer. Why? A large part of our budget goes to healthy food. We would rather forgo a family vacation to Disney so that we can feed our children properly throughout the year. And we are happy with that. Because that is what is most important to us. Fancy vacations, nice cars, cable tv. We will go without it all. We value our health.
It drives me a bit nusto when someone tells me they can’t afford to eat healthy. If you own a smartphone or have cable tv, you can afford healthy food. It’s a choice. Show me your checkbook and I’ll show you what you value.
When we started getting really serious about the way we eat, the last thing to go was cable tv. Was it a sacrifice? Yes and No. The only thing we really miss is football season. But that doesn’t stop us from going to my parents for games. Other than that, I do not at all miss cable tv. It’s been 2 years now without a single television channel. Who says that we are supposed to have 350 channels available to us 24 hours a day? Now a days with Hulu and Neflix and iTunes, we have our fair share of shows and movies to enjoy. We aren’t that deprived :)
Tomorrow I’m going to do a Part II post, sharing another blessing of what getting rid of cable tv has done for our family!
Let me end with the original picture and the reason behind this post:
Rit & I are so blessed to be parents. Our prayer is that we will best stewards that we can be over the children God has given us. And I can’t think of a more important way to be a steward over our children than to make sure that they are healthy and whole: physically, nutritionally, mentally, spiritually, & emotionally. A healthy body is a healthy mind.
And I believe with all of my heart it begins with what we put into their bodies. Every single thing we put into their bodies.
So yes, payday in our home is a fun day. It’s the day when our 4 kids eat $15 of organic blueberries in 35 seconds. And we couldn’t be happier, because we know that was only one small co-pay that we’ve avoided for 5 years now.
We can’t afford not to…